CHICAGO, Feb 4 – Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were without electricity Friday after a winter snowstorm that swept across much of the central United States this week, with severe weather threatening parts of the Plains and New England.
More than 370,000 customers without electricity from Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee across Ohio and New York, Poweroutage.us reported Friday, after a snowstorm knocked down power lines and trees everywhere Thursday.
Memphis Light, Gas and Water said more than 130 000 customers had no electricity and it could take days to recycle electricity.
“We know you are worried and want to know when your energy will return,” the Twitter service said. “Garbage must be removed before workers can recover.”
Airlines canceled nearly 3,000 flights on Friday, according to FlightAware flight tracking service, after crashing more than 5,000 flights on Thursday.
American carriers have faced disruptions in their operations since before Christmas due to bad weather and staff shortages due to variations in the Omicron coronavirus.
Cold warnings remained active in Texas and the Great Plains, where a morning drop from between one digit and below zero Fahrenheit was forecast, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
“Cold cold can cause hypothermia in the short term if safety precautions are not taken,” warns the NWS.
Winter storm warnings and advice also remained valid in Tennessee and Kentucky until New York and Pennsylvania and entry into New England where a mix of snow and ice was expected to make travel difficult, the service said.
In the Boston area, which has a population of 4.8 million people, meteorologists predict snow levels of 3-5 inches by one to ten by a quarter of an inch, making road conditions more dangerous.
On Saturday morning, winter winters finally leave the East Coast, but freezing temperatures will keep pace with other temperatures that challenge the decline in the South Central United States, NWS forecasters said.